A father who allegedly killed his ex-partner and attempted to murder their two children is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (2 July).

Andrew Leigh, 42, from Kennedy Close, Sutton Coldfield, was charged with the murder of Luan Leigh last night after she was found dead at her home in Woodlands Farm Road, Pype Hayes on Sunday (29 June).

A post mortem revealed she died as a result of "compression to the neck".

The telecommunications engineer is also charged with the attempted murder of their15-year-old son, who was stabbed in the chest, and their nine-year-old daughter, who suffered strangulation-type injuries to her neck.

Police said the youngsters are both recovering in hospital.